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You've got to be little bit crazy to play in seven Olympics, says Leander Paes

At Rio, Paes will be become the first Indian and only tennis player to compete at seven Olympic Games.

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 16:41
You've got to be little bit crazy to play in seven Olympics, says Leander Paes
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Tennis ace Leander Paes has revealed what he really thinks about competing in a record seventh Olympics in 2016 Rio Games.

"Like my dad says, you've got to be a little bit crazy to play in seven Olympics," Paes told CNN's Open Court.

Regarded as one of the greatest doubles players, Paes first represented India at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

At the 1996 Atlanta Games, he became the first Indian player to win an individual Olympics medal in more than four decades. After losing to American great Andre Agassi in the semi-final, Paes defeated Fernando Meligeni of Brazil in the bronze-medal play-off.

"I remember when the last ball flew over my head and went out... I just turned to my dad, and it was a very special moment between father and son," he said, talking about the Atlanta Olympics.

And at Rio, he will be become the first Indian and only tennis player to compete at seven Olympic Games.

"Age is just a number. What drives me is passion. Passion to be everything I can be," he added.

Paes has also won a total of 18 grand slam titles in men's doubles and mixed doubles.

First Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 16:41

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